Clara Asscher-Pinkhof

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Clara Asscher-Pinkhof (born October 25, 1896 in Amsterdam ; died November 25, 1984 in Haifa ) was a Dutch - Israeli educator and writer .


Clara Pinkhof was the fourth of eight children. In 1919 she married Abraham Asscher, who later became Chief Rabbi of Groningen . Asscher died in 1926 and Clara Asscher-Pinkhof had to look after her six children alone. From then on she earned her living with lectures and courses and published her first children's stories, including Aan de wal , which was awarded a prize in 1932 as the best children's book .

After the German occupation of the Netherlands , she returned to Amsterdam in 1940 and taught at the Jewish girls' school ( meisjes-industrieschool ). In 1943 she was first deported to Westerbork and in 1944 to Bergen-Belsen . In the concentration camp she belonged to a group of 222 prisoners who were exchanged for German prisoners of war because they had an immigration certificate. It then reached Palestine via Vienna , Bulgaria , Turkey and Jordan .

Clara Asscher-Pinkhof died in Haifa in 1984 at the age of 88.

Awards and honors


  • Joodsche Kinderliedjes (1918)
  • Van twee joodsche vragertjes (1918)
  • Door's groeitijd (1929)
  • Rozijntje (1931)
  • Aan de wal (1932)
  • Rozijntje van huis (1934)
  • Aunt Griet (1934)
  • Sterrekinderen . 1946
  • Tirtsa (1952)
    • Tirza: A girl in the kibbutz . Translation Ruth Rostock. Illustrations by Reinhard Matthäus. Kassel: Oncken, 1960
  • Danseres zonder benen ( dancer without legs , 1966)


  • Marlies Sterk: "Ik heb gedanst". Leven en werk van schrijfster-pedagoog Clara Asscher-Pinkhof . Leiden University, dissertation, 2004.

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